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AMERICAN ART JOURNAL. 



Miss Kellogg's Marguerite is a charming and 
womanly creation, modest, yet passionate in its 
newly awakened love, fulfilling in a groat meas- 
ure our ideal of the character. She sang the 
music in a charming manner, and her pure and 
admirable voice told out with admirable offect. 
Her success was very flattering. Mazzoleni 
gives the most flattering rendering of the char- 
acter of Faust that has yet beon presented 
on our stage. He thoroughly embodies the 
character, and sings the music with that 
warmth and fervor which his' grand voice 
enables him to express. We miss, however* 
in the tenderest portions, the clear mezzo- 
voce which is at once so thrilling and so ef- 
fective. Antonucci sings and personates Me- 
phistopheles very successfully. His voice is 
very fine and he uses it like a master. Bellini 
undertakes a small part for the benefit of the 
operatic ensemble, and makes it at onco prom- 
inent, so thorough an artist is he in every re- 
spect. 

On Tuesday evening Donizetti's charming 
opera, " Elisir d' Amore," was performed, Mile. 
Roqconi appearing as Norina. This young la- 
dy, the daughter of the great buffo, is most 
pleasing in appearance, and is perfectly at 
home on the stage. She is, in fact, a piquant 
little actress and a pretty singer. Her voice 
is vory small indeed, but what there is of it is 
melodious. Her artistic pretensions are "verv 
Blender, and wo think she can scarcely sustain 
the position of prima donna. 

Baragli sang in certain pieces very sweetly ; 
his voice is charming in quality, but will bear 
no forcing. He should bear this in mind, for 
on Tuesday evening ho failed terribly in one 
or two passages where he exerted undue pow- 
er. Antonucci made a dashing Sergeant, and 
Bang the music in a spirited and artist-like man- 
ner. 

Of the " Duleamarra" of Signor Ronconi, 
we oan say nothing in its praise beyond what 
it merits. It is a masterpiece of acting and 
singing from his first entranco to the last note. 
His humor was so rich and racy that the audi- 
ence were kept convulsed with laughter, and 
bestowed upon the admirable artist the hearti- 
est and most en thnsiastic applause. The whole 
performance was a triumph of pure genius. 

In two or three weeks we shall have the op- 
era at Winter Garden, when Mr. Maretzek and 
his artists will meet with a greeting as cordial 
and as appreciative" as their high merit de- 
Borves. 



SUNDAY EVENING CONCERT. 



MADAME GAZZANIGA'S MATINEE. 



The last matineo of this esoellent artist yes- 
terday was very largely attended, and the per- 
formance, sustained by herself, Miss Adelaide 
Philips, Signor Anastasi, Mr. Alfred H. Pease, 
and Mr. Colby, gave most general satisfaction, 
many of the selections being very warmly en- 
cored. 



Wo change the heading of notices for Sun- 
day Evening Concerts for this week from plu- 
ral to singular, as Mr. L. F. Harrison, last 
Sunday evening, remained master of a hard 
fought — and won — field of musical battle, his 
competitors retreating, and leaving him in sole 
and full possession of such entertainments. 
Mr. Grovcr was expected to give such a con- 
cert at the Olympic Theatre, but his purpose 
was frustrated by untoward events occurring 
j ust before its final arrangement. 

Mr. Anfechutz retroated behind his strong 
bulwark of defence from concert seekers — the 
Arion Vocal Society, and the public were thus 
ruthlessly cut off from opportunity to appre- 
ciate his new sensational readings of Beetho- 
ven, or the barely possible felicity of a new 
twist given to Wagner's last and most astound- 
ing musical vagary, which might enable some 
one to ascertain what all that noise and confu- 
sion of — instrumental — tongues really meant. 
Unfortunately for public accommodation, 
Mr. Harrison's tenth concert for this season, 
took place in that very popular hall called 
"Irving," and the baffled attendants upon 
other entertainments, were met, on entering its 
doors, with that forbidding placard, " Standing 
Room Only." Even that was found by pleas- 
ure seekers, very diflicnlt to attain, or to hear 
the performance in, when attained, for uneasy 
musical spirits roamed about the lobby, up 
and down stairs, with creaking boots, despite 
Mr. Harrison's positive injunctions, and kept 
up— as usual — a deafening clatter, by way of 
obligato to his muBical feast, prepared with 
extra care, and ministered to, by an increased 

instrumental force. His significant notice 

per bills— to keep quiet, while that exquisite 
"zither " solo was given for the fourth time by 
special request, passed unheeded by too many 
turbulent spirits, and therefore became a mere 
vision to unfortunates in thoir vicinity. 

The principal orchestral performance ap- 
peared in Liszt's " Les Preludes," in which the 
increased stringed force displayed the full 
value of that needful accession to orchestral 
ensemble, and so far as we could obtain a fair 
hsaring of that severely difficult task for even 
a grand, closely picked orchestra, we consid- 
ered their acquittance of such trying work 
quite creditable. It has been given much 
better here under other auspices. Other 
light pieces satisfied public expectation, and 
pleased their special admirers, in turn, as pre- 
sented. 

Mr. Pollack appeared to less advantage 
than upon any previous occasion. Signor 
Severini was not very happy in his first 
song, but sang Gumbert's charming song, " Ye 
Merry Birds," with so much grace and ex- 
pression as to gain a hearty and well deserved 
encore. 
It is understood that, in order to accommo- 



date 'the crowds which throng Irving Hall, 
every Sunday evening, the popular ♦Sunday 
Evening Concerts will in future be given in 
Stein way's new Hall, in Fourteenth street. 

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THE BATEMAN CONCERTS. 



The Bateman Concert last evening was a fine 
artistic success, although the musical import- 
ance of these concerts is by no means fully ap- 
preciated by the public. Aa a .company wo % 
have had no such artistic combination for many 
years. Parepa alone by the magical beauty of 
her voice, and the spell of her perfect mastery 
of every vocal resource and refinement, should 
alone be sufficient attraction to crowd S teinway's 
Hall whenever she appears. But, when we 
consider the other attractions, Brignoli, who is 
to-day a greater favorite with_pur public than 
ever, Mr. S. B. Mills, a pianist in the first class, 
Signor Ferranti, Signor Fortuna, Carl Rosa, 
Mr. J. L. Hatton, and a large orchestra direct- 
ed by Mr. Theo. Thomas, We feel surprised that 
even the vast ^proportions of the new Hall 
should be able to accommodate those desirous 
to listen to these first-class, admirable concerts. 
This evening the eighth concert will take place 
— the last but two that Mr. Bateman will give 
in New York for the present Let all who love 
musio attend this evening. 

M » M — 

MATTERS THEATRIC. 



Mr. Boucicault's last new play, "The Long 
Strike, "was produced at the Olympic last week 
with moderate success, owing more to the medi- 
ocre acting than from want of merit in the piece 
itself. The play has evidently been hastily gotten 
up, and, although some of the scenery is really 
fine, there is a manifest want of proper rehearsal 
exhibited in the acting of many of the characters. 
This is a fault that many of our managers are, 
through their over earnestness to produce novelty, 
apt to tall into, and detracts greatly from the 
enjoyableness ot what might otherwise be excel- 
lent performances. 

Mr. Boucicault is undeniably a playwright of 
great power and ingenuity, and invariably man- 
ages to iuvest his plots with an interest that tew 
ol our modem dramatists have succeeded in 
achieving. Then again, he is a great lover of 
novelty, and every one of his plays contain one 
or more scenes introducing some new and start- 
ling effect. In " The Long Strike, " the scene de 
resistance is that of the telegraph office, which ia 
worked up to the highest pitch of intensity and 
rouses the audience into a state of great enthusi- 
asm, not only from the novelty of the idea, but 
from the telling situation introduced, which is 
wonderfully strong and dramatic. Dp to this, 
scene the play is not so interesting as the general . 
run of Mr. Boucicault's productions, the first two 
acts dragging their way along most tediously, but 
afterwards things go on swimmingly, and the final 
climax is well and effectively arranged. Taken 
altogether, "The Long Strike" cannot be classed 
among the most successful ot Mr. Boucicault's 
works. The subject is an extremely painful one,